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Hello and thank you for visiting my Lybrate profile! I want to let you know that here at my office my staff and I will do our best to make you comfortable. I strongly believe in ethics; a......more
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Dr. Venugopal is an experienced Pulmonologist in Saligramam, Chennai. Doctor is currently practising at Sooriya Hospital in Saligramam, Chennai. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. Venugopal on Lybrate.com.

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Bronchitis: How Contagious Is It Exactly?

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonologist, Pimpri-Chinchwad
Bronchitis: How Contagious Is It Exactly?

You are out in public, and a person next to you is incessantly coughing. It is natural to be worried if it is bronchitis and the possibility of you getting infected. Read on to know about the condition and if it is really contagious. Bronchial tubes are the airways in the lungs, and when they are inflamed due to an infection or an underlying medical condition, it results in bronchitis. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic and depending on the cause, may or may not be contagious.

Types of bronchitis
Chronic bronchitis occurs when the airways in the lungs get irritated again and again. Though it’s a severe health condition that requires medical attention, it is not as contagious as it occurs due to the exposure to certain chemicals, dust, cigarette smoke or smoke from a fire, air pollutants that irritate the lungs.

On the other hand, acute bronchitis that usually lasts for one to three weeks is considered to be contagious because this particular type of bronchitis happens due to the flu or cold viruses. It is the infectious properties of the viruses causing it that makes it contagious.

Transmission
In the case of acute bronchitis, since it is caused mainly due to viral infections when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, the viruses get transmitted to others in the surrounding. Hence it can spread quickly.

Symptoms
Some of the common symptoms of acute bronchitis are a hacking cough, production of excessive mucus, shortness of breath, and feelings of discomfort in the chest. Note that as long as the infection is present, acute bronchitis remains contagious. Once the infection is gone, it is no longer contagious, though, the symptoms, like a persisting cough, may stay for several weeks afterward.


Prevention
Maintaining a healthy hygiene, such as washing hands regularly or keeping the surfaces clean, or using a handkerchief when coughing or sneezing can help in preventing the spread of the infection as well as getting affected with it. Also, taking flu vaccinations and quitting to smoke can also assist in preventing lung infections.

Treatment
For the majority cases of acute bronchitis, the condition is resolved by itself within a few weeks and antibiotics may not be an ideal treatment option if the acute bronchitis is caused by a virus. The most recommended treatment options that can quicken the recovery process are taking rest, opting for prescribed over-the-counter medications, drinking lots of fluids, inhaling the steam of hot water, whether from the shower or a bowl of hot water.

People who have asthma or chronic bronchitis sometimes may develop acute bronchitis as a result of further complications of their present lung conditions and not as a result of virus invasion. Therefore, the chances of such acute bronchitis being contagious are less than those caused by influenza viruses or bacteria.

Thus, acute bronchitis due to a viral infection is more contagious than chronic bronchitis that is due to an underlying medical condition like asthma and other lung diseases. With a few simple and effective measures, such contagious infections can be prevented.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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I have asthma problem. At times I go breathless. And im trying to conceive in the same time. Im looking for homeopathic medicines. Please help me out.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
I have asthma problem. At times I go breathless. And im trying to conceive in the same time. Im looking for homeopath...
Hi, it's safe to take homoeopathic medicine even in your pregnancy which I will recommend you. Bronchitis/ asthma can be treated well with homoeopathic medicines completely, only need to be regular with the medication and avoid those foods/ things to which you are allergic to for sometime. Keep taking your already on going medication, reduce it gradually and slowly once homoeopathic starts acting. Take blatta orientalis q/ 10-15 drops in 1/2 cup water/ thrice d day for 1 month. Report me back after a month.
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What medications are best for the treatment of asthma? What are their side effects?

MD - Alternate Medicine, PGDIP.IN Geriatric Care, Post Graduate Diploma In Holistic Healthcare
Ayurveda, Balasore
What medications are best for the treatment of asthma? What are their side effects?
Hello Sachin, As per your words no other medicine is there having sustainablity as like Ayurveda.Think how far it would help for you.No side effects so far.You know Asthma is a chronic airway inflammatory disease of the air passage characterized by recurring symptoms, excessive air pollution and obstruction. Patient feels loss of oxygen and increased heart rate.So take care by our holistic approach.OK.
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I am suffering with sinusitis and when ever I drink cool drinks my throat get pains and my nose get blocked is this allergy or sinusitis.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
I am suffering with sinusitis and when ever I drink cool drinks my throat get pains and my nose get blocked is this a...
Take tab. sinarest it contains ( Acetaminophen+ Pseudoephedrine+ chlorpheniramine). Acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and pseudoephedrine is a combination medicine used to throat infection and treat headache, fever, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and sinus congestion caused by allergies, the common cold, or the flu. Do gargle with warm water thrice a day. Drink warm water also. Take plenty of water, liquid diet, dalia, green veg., orange. avoid cold things, cold drinks. Oily foods. If symptoms are from more days or again persist then do few tests for confirm causes of it.. cbc, x-ray chest. X-ray P.N.S. ..after tests consult again for best advice.
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My daughter is 5 years old. She is frequent suffering from cold and cough and tonsillitis whether there is weather change or taking cold drinks and ice creams. After taking antibiotics such as clavam bid syrup or azithral xl with ambrodil s syrup and levocetirizine tablets she recovers. But it is frequent. Pl advice for permanent cure of it. Is taking antibiotics or medicines frequently is safe?

MBBS, MD
Pediatrician, Gurgaon
My daughter is 5 years old. She is frequent suffering from cold and cough and tonsillitis whether there is weather ch...
It's true that some children are more prone to cough and cold and it's allergy what we call as perineal rhinitis but it is not infectious.In most of cases it goes off by 10 years age. Please donor use antibiotic commonly as it have no role in treatment.
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I feel yawning not get satisfying and feeling to take deep breath that also will take long time it is not come complete breath often I feeling to do the same please guide me.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Yawning is a normal response by the body to drowsiness or fatigue. Yawning may also be triggered by observing someone else yawning. ... This can occur when you are tired, weary or drowsy. Some medications, such as those used to treat depression, anxiety or allergies, can cause excessive yawning.
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For past 2 days I have dry cough and burning nose. Today I had some blood in my cough and throat burn. No loss of appetite. No eye burn. Please suggest what to do in my situation.

MD (Physician), MD (Pulmonology)
Pulmonologist, Bareilly
Dear Lybrate user, a "Dry cough" with "blood in cough" usually means infection of lower respiratory tract. You can get a Sputum Test and Blood counts Test. Kindly contact on Lybrate Consultation Platform for better understanding your problem and treatment advice. Meanwhile please avoid sudden temperature changes, cold drinks. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
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Hi, its aman. My health issue is my nose is always running when ever I goes in light dirt or any something hard perfume or smells goes in my nose. Its always hard cough in my mouth.

BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
Hi, its aman. My health issue is my nose is always running when ever I goes in light dirt or any something hard perfu...
You are allergic to smoke,dust and strong smell. I would suggest you to protect yourself from it. You should put a mask on your face whenever you are travelling, in public places or on road. Homoeopathic treatment might be beneficial to you....
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I had been having cough and cold since 2 weeks. I went to Mumbai in between did not cough but when I came back to Delhi then it started again. After Diwali I drove bike wearing a pollution mask with the helmet on. O2 level went down, lungs neck back started paining. Doc injected pain relief in my vain. And gave me anti biotic, multi vitamin and pantoprazole gastro resistant. Is it enough or I need to go to a physician?

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicines and Surgery(BAMS), Post Graduation Diploma in Emergency Medicines And Services(PGDEMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
Take pranacharya kasantak syrup 2-2 tsf in hot water twice a day. Take sitopaladi. Praval and tankan bhasm churna with honey 3-4 times a day. Take ginger black pepper and basil leaves tea. .gargle with hot water (salted) avoid milk. Cold drinks. Take hot water steam.
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I am suffering from dry cough for last 1 month and acidity too so please suggest me what should I do.

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MBA - Health Care Administration
General Physician, Delhi
Grilinctus L syrup 1 tsf thrice a day TricaineMPS Syrup 2 tsf thrice a day azithromycin 500 mg once daily for 3 days cough lozenges twice or thrice a day avoid taking anything cold and spices.
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